Nov. 13, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New dosing recommendations issued by the chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick mean that most children aged three to nine do not need to return to an H1N1 immunization clinic for a second dose.
The chief medical officer of health is continuing to recommend a second dose for children aged six months to three years, and for children aged three to nine years who have one of the following chronic diseases:
The effectiveness of the single dose for healthy children aged three to nine will be monitored over time.
Starting the week of Nov. 16, special H1N1 immunization clinics will be set up to concentrate on adults with chronic conditions.
Due to the current and temporary shortfall in vaccine supply, those chronic conditions which are causing the highest risk of severe outcomes from H1N1 disease will be targeted first. Others will follow over the next few weeks, and as quickly as vaccine supply allows. Recent regulatory approval of an unadjuvanted vaccine has made available for use 19,100 doses that were shipped to New Brunswick earlier this week.
The emphasis for the week of Nov. 16 will be on adults with chronic respiratory diseases, and adults with compromised respiratory function due to a physical, neurological or muscular disorder. Adults with these chronic diseases and conditions are encouraged to check the flu web pages at www.gnb.ca/flu for clinic listings.
Clinic staff reserves the right to require evidence of active treatment of the disease or conditions, such as a prescription, labeled medication, insurance forms, etc.
Clinics for the remaining priority groups and for the general public will be opening as soon as possible, and will be continuing through November and December. Each and every resident of New Brunswick wishing to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so.
The most up-to-date list of H1N1 immunization clinics may be found at www.gnb.ca/flu, or by calling 1-800-580-0038. Print media are asked not to print clinic lists, since clinic information is subject to change. Local radio stations are strongly encouraged to share clinic listings for their listeners directly from www.gnb.ca/flu.
The next report will be issued on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.